Iraq: Evidence of spiralling sectarian killings and abductions

14 July 2014

A new briefing sheds light on a growing pattern of sectarian killings and abductions by the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham since the group seized Mosul, Iraq’s second-biggest city, and other parts of north-western Iraq last month.

Ukraine: Mounting evidence of abduction and torture

11 July 2014

Amnesty International has gathered graphic and compelling evidence of savage beatings and other torture meted out against activists, protesters and journalists in eastern Ukraine over the last three months. 

He said 'Pray now, I’m going to kill you' and then he slit my neck with the knife

11 July 2014

Hanna, a pro-Ukrainian activist, describes how she was abducted and tortured by members of a separatist armed group in Donetsk.

‘They made no secret of it; they were going to kill me’

11 July 2014

Sasha, a 19-year-old pro-Ukrainian activist, was abducted by separatists at gunpoint in Luhansk and beaten repeatedly for 24 hours.

Kenya: Refugees appeal against forced relocation to camps

11 July 2014

Refugees in Nairobi are appealing against a controversial ruling that would force thousands of Somalis from their homes to live in squalid overcrowded camps in north Kenya.

UK rushes through invasive surveillance laws as intelligence agencies go on trial

11 July 2014

Amnesty International and Privacy International have accused the UK government of trying to rush through legislation in an attempt to deflect from a landmark hearing starting Monday, challenging the validity of UK spy agencies’ justification for mass surveillance of British citizens’ social media use. 

Russia: Conviction against activist released from psychiatric unit must be overturned

11 July 2014

The conviction against a peaceful Russian activist who was released from a closed psychiatric institution today must be overturned, Amnesty International said.

Israel/Gaza: UN must impose arms embargo and mandate an international investigation as civilian death toll rises

11 July 2014

Amnesty International is calling for a UN-mandated international investigation into violations committed on all sides amidst ongoing Israeli air strikes across the Gaza Strip and continuing volleys of indiscriminate rocket fire from Palestinian armed groups into Israel. 

 

CAR: Perpetrators of atrocities must have nowhere to hide from justice

10 July 2014

The identities of some of those suspected of ordering or committing the atrocities that have been taking place in the Central African Republic have been made public in a new report today.

Myanmar: Media workers imprisoned in crackdown on free expression

10 July 2014

The sentencing of five media workers in Myanmar each to 10 years’ imprisonment with hard labour for “disclosing state secrets” makes today a dark day for freedom of expression in the country.

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